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Adam Wainwright serves up three home runs in win Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright picked up a win Tuesday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and one walk in six-plus innings while striking out three in his team's 6-4 victory over the Pirates.

Wainwright (16-9) was victimized by the long ball in this game, giving up solo home runs in the second and third innings before his night ended on a two-run blast in the seventh. He had surrendered three home runs in his last 15 starts combined, with all three coming in August. Wainwright owns a 2.69 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 153:46 K:BB ratio in 194 innings. He'll take on the Brewers Sunday.

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Jeff Locke struggles in short outing vs. Cardinals Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke took a loss Tuesday, allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits and five walks in three-plus innings while striking out three in his team's 6-4 defeat against the Cardinals.

Locke (6-4) has encountered an issue with walks lately, issuing 19 over his last five starts, but Tuesday's loss was his first since the end of July, a stretch over which he went 4-0. Locke owns a 3.75 ERA and 69:32 K:BB ratio in 108 innings. He's scheduled to face the Phillies Monday.

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Martin Prado dealing with hamstring injury
by Chris Cwik |

Yankees infielder Martin Prado is dealing with a hamstring injury, according to

Prado will undergo tests to determine the severity of the issue. Prado was pulled from the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. He finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. Prado hit his 10th home run in the third inning. 

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Dodgers add three to expanded roster
by R.J. White |

The Dodgers added pitcher Carlos Frias and infielders Miguel Rojas and Erisbel Arruebarrena to the expanded active roster Tuesday. Frias is slated to make Wednesday's start against the Nationals.

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Jonathan Pettibone may not be ready by opening day
by R.J. White |

Phillies pitcher Jonathan Pettibone may not be recovered from shoulder surgery by opening day, reports.

"That will be determined over the next few months," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Pettibone made just two starts with the Phillies this season. He underwent surgery to repair his shoulder in mid-June.

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Jenrry Mejia tosses perfect inning in 22nd save
by R.J. White |

Mets closer Jenrry Mejia earned his 22nd save Tuesday, striking out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 8-6 win over the Marlins.

There was plenty of scoring in this game, but the Mets bullpen locked things down once handed the ball, tossing three scoreless innings while striking out three, allowing one hit and facing the minimum amount of batters possible (nine). Mejia owns a 3.90 ERA and 87:35 K:BB ratio in 83 innings.

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Giancarlo Stanton slugs 35th home run Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton went 2 for 4 with a double and a two-run home run in his team's 8-6 loss to the Mets Tuesday.

Stanton has homered in two straight games against the Mets to increase his National League HR lead to five blasts. He has hit .293/.401/.561 with 35 home runs, 101 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 508 at-bats, and with no one running away with the NL batting title, the outfielder has an outside shot at chasing a Triple Crown with a big September.

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Jonathon Niese allows six runs in win vs. Marlins
by R.J. White |

Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese picked up a win Tuesday despite surrendering six earned runs on 10 hits in six innings while striking out four in his team's 8-6 victory over the Marlins.

Niese (8-10) was handed a four-run lead after two innings, but he kept letting the Marlins back into the game, giving up three runs in the third inning to make it 4-3, two in the fourth to reduce his lead to 7-5 and one more in the sixth to make it 8-6. Niese owns a 3.68 ERA and 115:43 K:BB ratio in 161 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rockies Monday.

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Brad Penny lasts three innings in loss vs. Mets Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Marlins pitcher Brad Penny took a loss Tuesday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and one walk in three innings while striking out two in his team's 8-6 defeat against the Mets.

Penny (1-1) gave up a pair of runs in the first inning and two more runs in the second, and he was removed for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the third having thrown just 57 pitches. It was his first start since Aug. 14, with Penny pitching in relief twice since that date. He owns a 6.61 ERA and 9:10 K:BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings. Penny is scheduled to face the Brewers Monday.

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Carlos Ruiz slugs fifth home run Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz went 2 for 3 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in his team's 4-0 win over the Braves Tuesday.

Ruiz opened the scoring with a solo home run in the fifth inning, and he tacked on another run on a double in the eighth. It was his first game with multiple extra-base hits since recording two doubles on July 26. Ruiz has hit .264/.362/.385 with five home runs and 25 RBI in 330 at-bats.

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